This weekend’s weather looks like what everyone was hoping for last week for Memorial Day Weekend! Soak up the sun hiking in the Adirondacks over the next couple days, and continue to stay safe, be prepared, and get all the latest info you need to know below.
The Weekend Weather Report: Better Than Last Week
- Crown Point: Fri 82° and scattered showers, Sat 88° and partly cloudy, Sun 92° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and partly cloudy, Sun 85° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 83° and showers, Sat 90° and partly cloudy, Sun 94° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and partly cloudy, Sun 85° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 81° and partly cloudy, Sat 83° and scattered showers, Sun 88° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 83° and partly cloudy, Sun 87° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and partly cloudy, Sun 83° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and partly cloudy, Sun 85° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 81° and partly cloudy, Sat 87° and partly cloudy, Sun 92° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and scattered showers, Sun 85° and partly cloudy
We’re looking at much higher temperatures than last week’s low to mid 50s, and significantly less precipitation. Great! Do continue to wear and pack extra layers of clothes, as temperatures will fluctuate from the trailhead to the summit, and depending on the time of day and elevation.
Remember that weather forecasts can change frequently, and that as we get into the summer weather, storms can pop up even if they’re not forecasted. Check the weather again for your destination before you head out:
For Emergency Situations
Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers or wildland fires, to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518.891.0235.
Hiker Information Stations
The Hiker Information Stations will be set up the same as last week: at Mid’s Park in Lake Placid today (Friday), 1pm to 7pm, and at the High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87 on both Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 11:30am.
Stop by to get parking information, alternative hiking locations, and of course all the info you could need regarding safety, preparedness, Leave No Trace, and more.
Reminder to Campers to Follow Firewood Regulations
As camping season gets underway please remember to adhere by firewood regulations to help prevent the spread of invasive species. It’s not advisable to bring firewood from your backyard, for instance, as this wood could be hiding invasive bugs, eggs, seeds, etc.
Untreated firewood – that is, firewood that has not met the state’s heat treatment standard – should not be moved more than 50 miles from its source or origin. The best place to get your campfire wood is from a local retailer in the area of your camping destination.
The Fire Danger Report
Fire danger has gone from moderate last week to low this week. Continue to be safe with campfires.
Trails are Still Muddy, Stick to Low Elevations
The Muddy Trails Advisory is still in effect. Please stick to trails under 2,500 feet elevation until the high elevation trails have dried and hardened. Snow and ice continue to melt at high elevations, and thin soils are vulnerable to erosion.
Water Conditions: Low & Cold
Water levels are below average or low for this time of year. The water temperature is still cold in many places, and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs/lifejackets) are strongly recommended to be worn by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers. Where bridges aren’t available, don’t attempt crossing a stream during a period of high, fast-moving water.
As the weather warms up more folks are getting ready to paddle. Please wear a PFD whether you’re kayaking, paddleboarding, or standup paddlboarding. Hypothermia can occur almost instantly when you’re immersed in cold waters.
Beware of the Ticks
Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors. Bring insect repellent. Staying on clear, well-traveled trails also helps; avoid bushy, dense areas.
Bring a Bear Canister When Camping
Bear-resistant canisters are required by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. They’re highly encouraged throughout the rest of the Park. Use these to store all food, food garbage, toiletries, and other items with a scent. Store them at least 100 feet away from tents, lean-tos, and cooking sites, and keep closed whenever they are not being accessed.
For the Rock Climbers Out There
Certain rock climbing routes are still closed in the ADK to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Climbing routes that will not disturb nests will be reopened after info has been determined. Routes that remain closed will reopen after the young have fledged.
Reminder About the Reservation System at the AMR
The no-cost pilot reservation system is currently in effect at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). It doesn’t apply to other areas of the park. But here, you need to acquire a reservation for parking, daily access, and overnight access to trails through the AMR gate and the Noonmark and Round Mountain trailheads accessed through the AMR property.
Specific Trail Notices to Note
Trail notices are the same as last week. Also, the Prospect Mountain Memorial Highway is now open.
Saranac Lake Wild Forest: A beaver dam is partially obstructing Spider’s Creek passage under Route 30 bet ween Follensby Clear Pond and Upper Saranac Lake.
Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area: The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, located in Herkimer County, will open for public recreation beginning Saturday. The area will be closed to swimming, although the beach remains open to visitors. Recreation opportunities at Hinckley include picnicking, paddling, and use of the beach. Swimming isn’t allowed because lifeguards aren’t available at this time.
Shelving Rock Area in Lake George Wild Forest: Three bridges on the Shortway Trail are out and are unsafe for equestrian use. If horseback riding here, use the Old Farm Road to access the trail network.
Moose River Plains Complex:
The entrance to the gates to the Moose River Plains Camping Area has reopened for the season, following closure for the spring mud season. Road shoulders may still be soft in areas.
Rock Dam Road will remain closed until further notice because of soft road conditions.
The Indian Lake Road will remain closed at the Otter Brook Bridge until further notice.
Raquette Boreal Complex: Gates have re-opened following mud season. (This area includes Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, and nearby conservation easement tracts.)
Ferris Lake Wild Forest: Powley Road is completely Open. All storm damage and washouts have been repaired and the road is open and passable the entire length of the road.
Pine Lake Primitive Area: Chain of Lakes Road South in the town of Indian Lake is open to the Hudson River.
Township 19 Easement: O’Neil Flow Road in the town of Indian Lake is open for the season.